Dan and Hannah Aren’t Considering Returning to Their Gym, are They!

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Going to the gym!  Are you crazy!  Our local Coastal Fitness gym is one place that I thought I’d never return to during this global pandemic.  Too much sweat, too many heavy breathers, too many spiraling viral air currents, all in close quarters.  How could they protect us?

But our friend Mandy, a thoughtfully cautious sort, had returned to working out there.  But the more she talked about going to the gym, we thought, “It’s summertime; we’ve got the country roads, the beaches, and the outdoor pickleball courts.  Why take a chance?”

And then it rained last Monday!

So we decided to give Coastal Fitness a look to see what they have done to welcome us back in this Time of Corona?

Upon entering through the front doors, Hannah and I in masks each have our temperatures taken by the attendant wearing a mask herself, pointing a thermometer gun at our foreheads.  Though the bathrooms are open, no longer are showers available.

CF Hanna on treadmill

Hannahs atreadmilling

Passing through, we are struck by the heavy clear plastic sheets that hang from the ceiling on three sides of all the exercise equipment: the recumbents, the ellipticals, and the treadmills.  To top it off, only every other piece of equipment is available.

Since there may be five people in the large area this early morning, I take my mask off and return to my favorite elliptical in the back that I haven’t seen since mid-March.  In no time, I catch a rhythm and am channel surfing through ESPN, ESPN2, and the Weather Channel.  Soon finding cable fare repetitive, I plug in my iPhone to listen to my morning podcast of choice, The Daily from the New York Times.

Carefully wiping everything with disinfectant that I touched on the elliptical, I move on to the recumbent.  Thirty minutes of high octane exercise-induced bliss.   I am home, athletically-speaking.

CF D on recumbent

Enclosed in plastic on three sides, I’m pumping away

As an annual dues paying member, I see no need for Coastal Fitness to credit us for the three months they were closed due to the virus.  They have taken a financial hit in the shorts and we don’t want to add to their woes.  Fortunate to have a gym, we want them to stay in business!

Following the arrows out of the back of the building, I am riding high having had the aerobic workout that I just don’t get in my short sprints on the pickleball court or while biking like a 72-year-old on our country roads.

I bet we are safer here than in any local restaurant, hardware, or grocery store.  Yeah, we’ll be back tomorrow; you see, the forecast is for more showers.

10 thoughts on “Dan and Hannah Aren’t Considering Returning to Their Gym, are They!

  1. Dan, there was a study done in Norway about gym safety that was published in The NY Times about 3-4 weeks ago. It showed how safe gyms are if they take the right precautions. Tom and I have been going to our local gym, Saco Sport and Fitness, for 2-3 weeks now, and feel very safe. They disinfect like crazy, individual users wipe down equipment, the gym put in a new HVAC with air purifiers, and they even knocked out walls to create more space at choke points in the gym (like a stairwell). We love it!

    • Glad to hear you have your gym. Using the elliptical gives me an aerobic I just don’t get otherwise. We wear masks everywhere we go other than we are on the exercise machines. Your gym like ours got the memo how hyper-cleaning will bring back customers.

  2. Thanks for sharing this experience. How nice that you have a safe place to use during this rainy, foggy weather pattern.

  3. Our Y is still closed thanks to Fearless Leader Andrew Cuomo. He’s very cautious about reopening and that’s okay with me. We too have kept our membership during this downtime since there’s no sense punishing the Y for something they had no control over. Bill is a machine guy like you, but I prefer workout classes where I can mingle and sweat with my friends. It’s going to a long time before group classes happen, and it breaks my heart.

    • Our New Yorker son Will has been very impressed with your Guv. Our gym has a large mat outside under a tent in the parking lot for classes. If your gym could social distance outside, maybe??

  4. Fingers crossed for continued safety and sensitivity to the critical need for mindfulness . Best health to my Coastal buddies and beyond , the amazing Dan and Han .

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Lovely news for you and Han!!!! And you probably set those speeds for a 27 year old! I miss my Gentle Yoga, and Elliptical sp? , and I like the “circuit weight machines, quick and simple. We have a treadmill and a Zaaz (a shaker for when Targe doesn’t feel like doing much – bought at Costco, supposed to be good for circulation, balance etc.

    Want you to know I loved the Bicycle story. So real. And letting the lady stay in your former B and B? Wow. So kind, chancy maybe? The lady was blessed.

    Enjoy your summertime – it’s wilting hot, but rains will come soon. We have stopped all socializing; I hope by some miracle we all get out from under this cloud. Don’t let the locusts come, at least we still have food and alcohol!!! xoxo D and T


  6. The BnB story was all fiction. Certainly most fiction has elements of deeper truths and realities. This one did. But no such sequence happened. Hannah and I like the socializing, however minimal at the gym, the easy hello passing by or catching up for a minute or two. A dear friendship (see pipertoo55 above) came about be seeing her at the gym again and again.

    And hot in Arizona! Nan says in the 120s!! Stay cool, my friends.

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